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CyberDiscovery Information for Students and Parents

Students participating in CyberDiscovery Camp at PSU will be selected by the high school teachers at their high school. Once selected, students will be chaperoned by their high school teachers throughout the week-long camp at PSU.

What happens at CyberDiscovery Camp? The camp includes discussions, hands on engineering and computer science labs involving mobile robots, a cryptographic treasure hunt, film sessions, and a final cyber challenge.  The activities integrate the history, ethical issues, applications, and theory behind cyberspace, security, and cryptography. 

Why is this important? Students, as well as all citizens, use cyberspace technology in many, many aspects of their lives. This camp will help them appreciate the technology that supports cyberspace, including the technology necessary to provide security. Students will also be encouraged to grapple with the historical, social, and ethical issues that surround security in cyberspace.

Where will students stay when they’re attending the camp? Teachers and their student teams will stay in a PSU dormitory and they will eat in the PSU cafeteria. Each dorm room will house two students. 

Is CyberDiscovery Camp expensive? No, it’s free. There is no cost for students to participate in the CyberDiscovery Camp – other than to arrange for transportation to PSU at the beginning of the camp and transportation home after the camp is over. Activities, room and board for students and teachers will be paid for by funding from the National Integrated Cyber Education and Research Center (NICERC), based on funding from the US Department of Homeland Security.  

What can I do to help? Interested students and parents are welcome to talk to teachers and administrators at their high school about the possibility of applying to send a team to CyberDiscovery Camp at PSU. If your student is selected, consider attending the culminating events on Saturday, July 11, including the awards luncheon.